The Dangers of Tobacco

An entertaining play written by our own Alistair Hewitt. This is essentially a comedy, with a few serious moments thrown in…

Marie, Cissie and Eva are sisters who have each led very different lives. Marie is a little eccentric, Cissie has a reputation for being a free spirit, while Eva is a local councillor who is organized and a little bit bossy.

Despite their differences the three women have something they share. Rory Tobacco, Marie’s ex-husband, is a local businessman with his fingers in many pies; he is successful at lots of things, but not the important ones like relationships…

From the SDC Subscriber’s & Patron’s Newsletter, April 2009


Stephen Sondheim’s ‘COMPANY’

CompanyStephen Sondheim’s classic musical comedy is the next in a series of stunning productions from the SDC Youth Theatre following the success of  Les Miserables and Parade.



“Just been with wife and friends to see ‘Company’- absolutely stunning production! Cannot find the superlatives to describe the quality of acting, singing, production values, set, music, choreography -just amazing.
Could not believe the excellence of the show. We were all bowled over.
Invidious to name individuals in such a ensemble performance.
Really excellent night at the SDC again!”

Calendar Girls

Calender Girls at the SDC 21st-29th September 2012**STOP PRESS** Matinee performance added on Saturday 22nd September.

Our new season gets off to a cracking start with “Calendar Girls”, directed by Margaret Mann and already in rehearsal.

 Written by Tim Firth, this drama first drew public acclaim on the big screen, and is based on the true story of a group of W.I. ladies from Yorkshire, who posed nude for a calendar to raise money for Leukaemia Research.
First staged at the Chichester Festival Theatre in 2008, the play transfered to London the following year. and has recently completed a nationwide tour. Now released for amateurs, we, along with many theatres in the LTG, were quick to grasp the opportunity of staging this popular production.
Fortunately we have enough feisty actresses prepared to bare all for the sake of dramatic art!  but be assured, that under Margaret’s guidance, all will be *in the best possible taste !” Her meticulous attention to detail is essential in this fast moving play, which takes the audience through the W.I calendar of events, often with  both disastrous and comic results.
Firth’s script is beautifully written, combining piercing sadness with down-to earth northern wit. The characters are clearly drawn and their directness brings this true story to life.This is a “must see” event and could well be a sell-out, so book your tickets early!


  • Tickets: 
    Box Office Opens 14th September at 11am Prices £9.50/£8.25

Birkdale Orpheus – Me and My Girl

Music by Noel Gay

Book and lyrics by L. Arthur Rose & Douglas Furber

Book revised by Stephen Fry.

Matinee Saturday 13th October 2012

Advance Bookings: 01704 564042

  • Tickets: 
    Box Office Opens 29th September 2012 at 11am